IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati's Announcement on Postponing October 26 Election

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has dismissed any plans of postponing the October 26 presidential election.

Addressing a press conference after a failed meeting between NASA and Jubilee representatives, the Chairman affirmed that the election would be held on the gazetted date.

He maintained that the Commission would continue preparing for the upcoming polls despite the collapse of talks between the body and the two parties.

According to the Chairman, the Constitution was clear that the election must be held within 60 days, therefore, the Commission cannot postpone the set date.

Chebukati further assured that the failed talks would not affect the election adding that the Commission was ready to continue engaging with the political players.

He stated that the meeting held at the Bomas of Kenya to iron out the issues regarding the upcoming polls could not proceed after it was scuttled by the parties.

Regarding NASA's threats to boycott the polls, Chebukati noted he had not received any official letter from any of the participants indicating their withdrawal.

The Chairman also affirmed that he had received a copy of the election law amendment bill being discussed in the National Assembly adding that he hoped the changes would not affect the preparations.

He stated that the Commission had already begun several processes such as procurement of ballot papers hence the amendment should not cause any changes.

“We don't need any more laws to give Kenyans an election on October 26 but if Parliament passes the law, I hope it will not affect the framework we have put in place.

"If they do so they will put us in a very precarious situation because we have already set training manuals and begun procurement processes so it will take us backwards if the amendments affect the processes in place,” Chebukati stated.